A just-released book, INNOCENTS LOST, exposes one of the hidden flaws of the American criminal justice system- how police interrogate suspects.

 

INNOCENTS LOST relates in astonishing detail one of the most infamous murder cases in San Diego County, the Crowe Murder Case. In the eyes of many, the crime was never solved due to how the police investigate the murder and how The District Attorney and his deputy prosecuted the case.

 

Quoting directly from court documents, author Donald E. McInnis, uses the investigation officers’ own words and their psychological manipulations to expose how the Reid Technique, the predominant American method of police interrogation, is used to coerce false confessions from innocent suspects, even young children.

 

In a riveting use of the transcripts of the recorded interrogations of 14-year-olds Michael Crowe and Joshua Treadway, and 15-year-old Aaron Houser, the reader experiences the deceptiveness and psychological prowess of the accusatory technique of interrogation created in the 1960’s by lawyer/criminologists Fred E. Inbau and police officer/polygraph expert John E. Reid. By exposing the fallacy or accusatorial interviewing, the author points the reader towards an alternative way for police to interview criminal suspects.

 

Donald McInnis, a former deputy district attorney, deputy public defender, and the defense attorney for Aaron Houser, reminds us the police- from the first officer on scene to detectives following leads – are the most important elements in the criminal justice system. How these sworn professionals investigate a case, indeed how they interview suspects, determines whether the true perpetrator will be caught and, in the end, whether justice is served. Unfortunately, in the Crow Murder Case, justice was denied.

Publicist Michael M. McInnis dynabyte@pacbell.net

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